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Feb 15, 2013 2:35am EST
't be here next week, she'll be grounded. >>> president obama spends time with some 4-year-olds launching a plan to make sure all kids in this country get an early education. why he says it's simply worth the cost. we'll be right back. [ female announcer ] feel like you're growing older... waiting to look younger? get younger looking skin fast. with new olay regenerist micro-sculpting cream. with 2 new anti-aging ingredients. visible wrinkle reduction starts day 1. see younger looking skin before you finish one jar. new from olay. we can afford to take an extra trip this year. first boston... then san francisco. hotwire checks the competitions' rates every day so they can guarantee their low prices. so our hotels were half price. ♪ h-o-t-w-i-r-e... ♪ hotwire.com have given way to sleeping. tossing and turning where sleepless nights yield to restful sleep. and lunesta®(eszopiclone) can help you get there. like it has for so many people before. when taking lunesta, don't drive or operate machinery until you feel fully awake. walking, eating, driving, or engaging in other activities whi
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Feb 20, 2013 2:35am EST
two shotguns. obama saying look at my picture. they're trying to walk this line -- >> we're not against the 2nd amendment. it's all theater. >>> here's a look at your wednesday weather. denver will see snow by this afternoon. that storm will move into the plains. showers for oklahoma city, dallas and houston. >>> another frigid day for the upper midwest. minneapolis 10 degrees, boston, new york and baltimore, upper 30s. spring arrives one month from today, march 20. >>> for the first time in 16 years, we'll hear the classic gray poupon "pardon me" ad. it begins just as stuffy as the original, with a chauffeured british aristocrat. >> it goes in a different direction, though. it has an action packed ending, complete with a high-speed chase. >> do you remember those? >> oh, yeah, of course. pardon me, do you have any gray poupon. >> i remember it, too. >>> coming up, as we reflect on our old age, we asked you to ask us anything. so stay tuned for our answers. >> and who's pushing for better preschool programs across this country? what it could mean for your young kids, thir
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Feb 13, 2013 2:35am EST
. thank you, brandi. we'll have an eye on this story throughout the rest of the day. >>> president obama staking hit state of the union message on the road today. >> the president sprinkled in foreign policy matters, but his focus was firmly here at home. with the details, we're joined by abc's marci gonzalez. >> reporter: the president detailed his second term agenda, the big focus here jobs and economic growth. >> the president of the united states. thank you. >> reporter: president obama touching on topics from education to strengthening the middle class. >> it is our unfinished task to make sure this government works on behalf of the many, not just the few. >> reporter: a noticeable presence of small ribbons worn by the more that be 40 invited guests, all victims or related to victims of gun violence. >> it has been two months since newtown. i know this is not the first time this country has debated how to reduce gun violence. but this time is different. >> reporter: the president also announced that half of the troops now serving in afghanistan, about 34,000, will be home by this ti
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Feb 15, 2013 1:40am PST
, the next time the nomination can be taken up is a week from monday. president obama accused republicans of simply playing politics, charges they deny. >>> also one more political note. the oldest lawmaker in the senate has announced he will not run again. new jersey's frank lautenberg turned 89 last month. the last world war ii veteran serving in the senate. he faced a likely challenge from the mayor of newark, new jersey, cory booker. the senator has been a staunch advocate of gun control and a big champion of the amtrak rail system. >>> another lawmaker in the news. congressman steve cohen says the young woman he was tweeting with during today's state of the union address was his secret daughter. he said he only discovered her existence three years ago after receiving a tweet from her. he said he was overwhelmed with joy that she actually wanted him in his life. initially, his staff did say that he was tweeting with the daughter of a long-time friend. >>> illinois is a step closer to becoming the tenth state to approve same-sex marriage. the senate passed a bill that would allow gay c
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Feb 20, 2013 1:40am PST
carried out by china and now president obama has ordered u.s. intelligence agencies to help american companies spot and detect the hacking coming from that building in shanghai. brian ross, abc news, new york. >>> and one day after targeting burger king, hackers have taken over the twitter account of another major company. pranksters broke into jeep's page and tweeted that they had been sold to cadillac. even the virtually virus free apple has fallen victim also. a small number of mac computers ats office -- at its offices were infected. this attack at apple's new york offices was similar to one acknowledged at facebook last week. >> the more computerized world we become, this is the aftermath. this is the dirty underside of it all. the white house is going to respond to some of this, but "the new york times" said obama administration officials are planning to tell china's new leaders that the volume and sophistication of the attacks have become so intense that they threaten the fundamental relationship between washington and beijing. that could be some interesting words. again, we o
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Feb 14, 2013 2:35am EST
from a depressive disorder at the time, devastated by their breakout. >> president obama is on the road today trying to sell some of his state of the union proposals. the president visits an early learning classroom to make the case for universal pre-k and will speak at a community recreation center before returning to the white house. and if you listen to the speech, the state of the union on tuesday, he laid out a lot of initiatives. >> oh, yes. >> and typically those addresses are a laundry list of ideas. but the republican response is okay, you've laid out all these things. how in the middle of these record deficits do we pay for them? both sides were short on details. >> when the president laid out this laundry list of things, he said not one of the initiatives that i'm talking about today is going to cost us an extra dime. so it's going to be interesting to see how we're going to rejigger things in the economy, and our finances and our pocketbook to actually pay for this stuff. >> and those two big deadlines, you have that march deadline for the deep cuts to defense, as well as to
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Feb 22, 2013 2:35am EST
get into a lot of very interesting topics, including president obama's role. we get into does the month still have resonance with the youth of today in terms of what the black community needs to do for itself? so stay tuned for that. something different on the show tonight. >>> and later on, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars one shoe shine at a time. it's an act of charity that you have to see to believe. you're watching "world news now." have given way to sleeping. tossing and turning where sleepless nights yield to restful sleep. and lunesta®(eszopiclone) can help you get there. like it has for so many people before. when taking lunesta, don't drive or operate machinery until you feel fully awake. walking, eating, driving, or engaging in other activities while asleep, without remembering it the next day, have been reported. lunesta should not be taken together with alcohol. abnormal behaviors may include aggressiveness, agitation, hallucinations, or confusion. in depressed patients, worsening of depression, including risk of suicide, may occur. alcohol may increase t
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Feb 22, 2013 1:40am PST
obama has reached out to top republican leaders to try to kickstart some talks. the phone call marked the first time they've talked on the issue since the fiscal cliff deal next year. the president says it never should have gotten to this point. >> there's no other profession, no other industry where people wait until the 11th hour to solve these big problems. >> but neither side is reporting any progress. instead, aides simply exchanged some taunts via twitter. not a lot of reason for hope here that they're going to get this done. but there's still a few days. >> like the president said, there's nowhere else in the world where you think about it, if it's going to affect that many people and so much money is on the line that we wait for this long for anything to happen. in fact, today our abc's jonathan karl spoke to secretary leon panetta about these cuts. he said if they go into effect, it would turn the united states into a second rate power. >> strong words there. president obama said at this point we continue to reach out to the republicans and say this is not going to be good fo
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Feb 4, 2013 3:00am PST
president obama has to say about it. >>> and a 6-year-old girl is in a heap of trouble this morning. police say she took her mom's car keys, went on a wild ride. that's the consequence. look at that. we're going to tell you what drove her to take off. ooh! you keep doing that today. >> there's a sweet reason behind it. >> but when a 6-year-old does anything, it's always sweet. she's okay. we should say that. because that looked like an accident. and is it was. but she's okay. we'll get to that. >> also later this half hour, now that diana is joining us for good, we get to see where she's been. some quality time with our new anchor coming up. oh, deejay. >> deejay dp, that's me. >> i like it. got a little soul. i can tell. new york girl, too. >> from queens. >> oh, yes indeed. >> but i was born in philly, i should say. i've got branches. >> all over the northeast. >> yes. i branch out and i show love to be everybody. >> i was actually born in philadelphia as well. grew up in new jersey. first date. >> this is a good one. >> this is a good one. >>> truth was, a little stranger than fiction at
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Feb 11, 2013 2:30am EST
from a nord snowstorm over the weekend. president obama has declared a state of emergency in connecticut where the town of hamden got 40 inches of snow. after more than 6,000 flight cancellations, airports are getting back to normal. but mother nature was not kind. >> i can't imagine it. areas hit by that blizzard can now expect freezing rain this morning. >> good morning, abdrew. >> good morning. unsettled sunday. this same cold front giving us another round of showers and thunderstorms now today not looking for as big a severe weather threat. but damaging wind gusts not out of the question, as are the flooding downpours, because these are the same hit areas of all the thunderstorms on sunday. where this is coming from, a disturbance across the northeast, giving us quite a mess especially in the morning. a couple of inches of snow across portions of maine. rob and diana, back to you. >> when does spring start enough? >> not soon enough. >>> let's say you never know what you are going to get when you see a minor league hockey game. last friday, a live condor stole the show
ABC
Feb 13, 2013 2:35am EST
: at the state of the union three years ago, president obama arranged a hero's welcome for ft. hood police sergeant kimberly bundle. she now says she feels used. >> betrayal is a good word. >> reporter: she had been shot three times as she and her partner ended the deadly rampage. chaotic aftermath seen her for the first time in a new video obtained by abc news. authorities say the accused shooter, major nadal hasan, identified by victims as the man in this photo, communicated with an al qaeda leader and wanted to killeen more. >> he had over 177 rounds still left on his person. >> reporter: she's since been laid off and says the president broke the promise he made, that the ft. hood shooting victims would be well taken care of. >> not to the least little bit have the victims been taken care of. in fact, they've been neglected very badly. >> reporter: so the president's promise was not fulfilled? >> no. >> reporter: what has so upset her and other victims and led them to file a lawsuit is the decision to deny the injured soldiers a purple hurt, terming the ft. hood shooting workplace viole
ABC
Feb 13, 2013 1:40am PST
. president obama gives his fourth state of the union address, focusing on jobs, the economy and education. we're live in our nation's capital with more on the president's speech and the reaction. >> interesting setting of the stage for the second term. >> not what a lot of people were expecting. >> a little less partisan. the inaugural was criticized for being very partisan. so we'll see what it means when the theater of it is over with. >>> also this half hour, love is in the air. of course, tomorrow being valentine's day. but what about playing cupid as a career? we'll stake you inside an actual matchmaking school. should be very interesting. >> i wonder what they ever teach you? >> did you ever go on a blind date? >> blind dates, no. but i've been set up on awful, awful dates. so i would love to know what you learn as a matchmaker. my record is like 0-10. >> really? >> it's really bad. i'm no longer allowed to do it. >> that piece is for you then. >>> plus, chris brown creating trouble again. there's a fresh fallout from the bad boy's community service scandal. it may now be costing someon
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Feb 4, 2013 2:30am EST
. president obama, who serves as honorary president of the scouts, said he opposes the ex-exclusion of gays. the scouts' top leadership is meeting this week near dallas to discuss the issue more. >>> and here's your monday forecast. snow showers in the dakotas. snow ending this morning in minneapolis, chicago, and detroit. snow later in the ohio valley, new jersey, and philly. rainy around seattle. and from houston. >> 30s from boise to salt lake city. 16 in fargo. 20s from omaha to detroit. 30s in the northeast. >>> carnival season is about to kick off around the world. and the party is already getting started in rio. >> mm-hmm. and you might say the festivities are going to the dogs. quite literally. hundreds of dogs got dolled up for a special block party. the precarnaval parade featured custom canines from all breeds, sizes, and colors. that looks like pee. >> i was thinking the same thing. dogs got a little freak in them. roll that a little bit. roll back up. you cut me off. there you go. and to make sure they didn't get dehydrated, the dogs were all treated to a special brew of non-al
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Feb 11, 2013 2:05am EST
obama is now putting the finishing touches on his state of the union address, which he'll deliver before congress tomorrow night. we're told the focus of the president's speech will be boosting job creation and growing the economy. the president is expected to ring some alarm bells about automatic defense cuts and education and push for strict g ier gun laws. join us tomorrow night beginning at 9:00 eastern. >>> for all of you animal lover, it's that time of year once again. 137th annual westminister kennel club dog show. >> being a true lover of dogs myself, this is one of my favorite events of the entire year. seeing the best of practically every breed of dog in the same place. >> oh, lord, help us. >> the judging begins today, but we're not going to know which dog is best in show until tomorrow night. say all you want about this event. but here's to put it into perspective for you. westminister predates the invention of the lightbulb, the automobile, the building of the brocklin bridge, the invention of basketball, and the establishment of the world series. so say all you want about
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Feb 1, 2013 2:35am EST
and spending for a few months. president obama said he will sign that bill into law. >>> now to a consumer alert for parents about a big recall of children's cough and cold medicines. the makers of triaminic and theraflu warning, they're recalling 2 million packages of medicine. tamper resistant caps may be faulty posing risk of poisoning and follows a dozen consumer complaints. >>> history of priest abuse allegations made public following a court order against the l.a. catholic arch diocese. 30,000 pages of files surrendered. none of the name of the leaders will be blacked out in the documents. the arch diocese agreed to release paperwork which includes personnel files of 89 priests accused of sexually abusing children. the files include the names of anyone involved in possible cover-ups. >> they knew very well. now nobody can say we don't believe you. >> this proves, this really happened. on this scale. it was that bad. and now -- these are their records. >> the church has three weeks to release the documents. the order is the final part of a $6640 million settlement involving hundred of
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Feb 8, 2013 2:35am EST
for mr. brennan. but the drone has become the hot issue, because the obama administration has kind of changed positions in the last couple of years about, you know, tactics. >>> well, the dream of luxury living is over for a squatter in south florida. andre barbossa had taken over this foreclosed mansion, claiming an archaic law called adverse possession. but the bank of america, which owns the multimillion dollar property, had him evicted. the bank even had the locks changed and posted a 24-hour guard just to make sure the place remains unoccupied. >> this story should entertain you guys. a man in tennessee has quit his job after being linked with the number 666 through his employer several times. he received i.d. badge 666. another document also included is the so-called number of the beast. and the final straw was his recent w-2 form, when it included 666. he knew then he simply had to go. >> don't accept any papers, any telephone bills, anything with number of that. >> the company says it wants walter back on the job and will issue him a new w-2 form and has banned the use of t
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Feb 4, 2013 2:05am EST
. >>> and before the game, president obama shared his thoughts about the risk of injuries for younger players. mr. obama tells cbs news that if he had a son interested in football he would think before letting him play, given what's known about head injuries. but the president told cbs that's for nfl players and it's a different matter for them, he said. >> these are grown men. they're well compensated. they know the risks that are involved. but as we start thinking about, you know, the pipeline, pop warner, high school, college, i want to make sure that we're doing everything we can to make the sport safer, and that means that the game probably going to evolve a little bit. >> the president also spoke for the first time about the new pentagon ruling allowing women at the front lines. mr. obama said for all practical matters women are already serving in combat and serving with extraordinary patriotism and distinction. >>> and now to breaking news this morning from southern california where there has been a deadly bus crash. a tour bus apparently hit a pickup truck head on near the city of yucaipa
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Feb 26, 2013 1:40am PST
. >>> president obama heads to virginia today where he'll outline the impact of the looming budget cuts. yesterday, the president met with the nation's governors asking them to pressure congress to do something. but louisiana governor bobby jindal is among top republicans accusing the president of trying to scare americans. he said instead it's time for mr. obama to show leadership. >> congress should not allow these arbitrary, sequester cuts to go through and hurt our economy, slow our recovery. there's got to be a better way. >> now is the time to cut spending. it can be done without jeopardizing the economy and critical services. >> south carolina governor nikki haley took aim at democrats and republicans saying "no one should be playing golf, no one should be taking vacations until the issue is resolved." i think probably the whole country agrees with that. let's get something done here. because again, we've seen this. we had the fiscal cliff thing at the end of the year. another issue come may with the debt ceiling. and the republicans are saying mr. president, all you're doing is scaring peo
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Feb 6, 2013 1:40am PST
what you got to do. >>> but first, the budget crisis looming once again. president obama is suggesting a short-term fix this time. >> it's a way to put off huge cuts to the military, as well as to domestic programs, all those cuts are set to go into effect in a few weeks. abc's karen travers has the latest from washington. good morning to you, karen. >> reporter: good morning, rob. good morning, diana. deja vu all over again. another deadline and president obama is telling congress if you can't get something big done, just get something done. kick the can. it's now washington's favorite game. with yet another major deadline looming for the massive automatic spending cuts, president obama said if congress can't get a big deal together by march 1 -- >> they should at least pass a smaller package of spending cuts and tax reforms that would delay the economically damaging effects of the sequester for a few more months. >> reporter: but congress has already done that once. in order to avoid the fiscal cliff at new year's, lawmakers agreed to push off the automatic spending cuts for two mont
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Feb 8, 2013 1:40am PST
have a problem. >> reporter: staneck is president obama's ear, using white house meetings to push for more resources to identify and treat the mentally ill and keep dangerous people away from guns. the problem can be seen at jails across the country like this one, where an estimated 25% to 30% of inmates suffer from a mental illness. experts say not all those people belong here. those that do sometimes struggle to get the care they need. 8 of the 9 killers in mass shootings last year had histories of mental illness. few received care and none were blocked from legally purchasing a well because of gaps in the federal background system. >> when we run the background check for you to purchase or acquire a hand gun, if we say it's okay, nothing comes back, you should be good to go. the fact of the matter it's not. it's really become america's dirty little secret about these background checks. >> reporter: just 12 states actively submit mental health data to the federal data base. those that do only include court ordered records. on a visit to minnesota this week president obama said s
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Feb 25, 2013 3:00am PST
. >>> president obama's message to the nation's governors last night was about bipartisanship. the governors attended a special dinner at the white house. the president said he's looking for good partners and called on members of both parties to work with him. the president is expected to speak directly about the budget stalemate when he meets again with the governors today. >>> barring a last-minute settlement, the bp oil trial is set to open this morning in new orleans. 200 million gallons of oil flowed into the gulf of mexico following an explosion nearly three years ago. bp faces billions in dollars of fines for violating the clean water act. the oil giant already reached a settlement for its criminal actions. >>> the vatican investigating damaging claims against the top catholic cleric in britain. three priests and one former priest accusations date back to the 1980s. o'brian denies he did anything wrong. at least two other cardinals are facing pressure and criticism for alleged cases of sexual abuse. all that comes as pope benedict gets ready to resign on thursday. an estimated 100,000
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Feb 12, 2013 2:35am EST
obama at tonight's state of the union. >> that's certainly a nice gesture. you have to wonder how heavily the president will hit on that tonight. they said unlike the inaugural speech, this will be an address much more focused on the economy than some of the other issues. >> and just going back to that for one second. the two people charged, 18 and 20 years old. very young men. >> babies killing babies. >>> in other news, heavy rain is slowing down the cleanup effort after that powerful tornado tore through the state of mississippi. the twister barreled through three counties for 75 miles, damaging or destroying near lly 600 homes. he was an e-4 and more than 80 people were hurt but amazingly no one was killed. >> so your dad's ashes -- >> they were in the front living room. >> did he die recently? >> yes, sir, about two months ago. >> maybe he was watching over you guys. >> he had to be. i know somebody was. >> officials say it could have been a lot worse, but see remembers gave residents a 30-minute warning. many businesses were closed because it was sunday and the university of
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Feb 1, 2013 2:35am EST
their opinion on red meat. >> of course. >> republicans say this guy is further left than president obama. republicans are skittish about his nomination. >> people are saying though his performance, well he was really under fire. so i think anyone in that hot seat may not do his or her best they're saying he likely will be confirmed i suspect. >> it is going to be a bumpy ride. in related news, secretary of state hillary clinton leaving office officially today after sounding a warning about civil war in syria. at a sort of exit interview, clinton accused iran of playing an increasingly prominent role directing violence in syria and says that only raises chances of a wider conflict in the middle east. clinton criticized russia for blocking sanctions against syria at the u.n. clinton's successor, john kerry finish his last day as senator with a farewell tour of native massachusetts. he said america's string ength overseas depend on working in a bipartisan way here at home. kerry is sworn in today as the nation's 68th secretary of state. >>> no end in sight to the tense hostage standoff invo
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Feb 11, 2013 3:00am PST
president obama has now declared a state of emergency. the weight of all the big blizzard left mind now tracking houses and wearing on nerves. >> it's horrible. when you shovel your driveway, the plows come and put snow back on the driveway. >> reporter: many of those who are making it out of their driveways are finding the roads still a mess. on long island, the cleanup continues on streets where drivers were left stranded for hours. and back home, hundreds of thousands in new england are learning they are still without power. >> we got her bundled up in coveralls and a vest and blankets. but it's still not enough. her hands are freezing cold. so, we're going to bring her down here. >> reporter: emergency shelters still open, many schools remaining closed. as it becomes clear, lit be a while before these blizzard blues melt away. >> i think it's going to be a few days before we're back and really functioning. >> reporter: and possibly slowing things down even more, the forecast for monday calls for rain, sleet, and even more snow. rob and diana? >> thank you, marci. and welcome to abc,
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Feb 1, 2013 1:40am PST
. >> i will not comment. on the lip-sync. madam obama, michelle obama, i love her, who doesn't love her bangs? well karl lagerfeld doesn't love her bangs, chanel designer, says they make her look like an anchorwoman. so what, karl! she looks good. >> he looks like eddie munster's grandfather. r's grandfather. many people before. has for so when taking lunesta, don't drive or operate machinery until you feel fully awake. walking, eating, driving, or engaging in other activities while asleep, without remembering it the next day, have been reported. lunesta should not be taken together with alcohol. abnormal behaviors may include aggressiveness, agitation, hallucinations, or confusion. in depressed patients, worsening of depression, including risk of suicide, may occur. alcohol may increase these risks. allergic reactions such as tongue or throat swelling occur rarely and may be fatal. side effects may include unpleasant taste, headache, dizziness, and morning drowsiness. ask your doctor if lunesta is right for you. then find out how to get lunesta for as low as fifteen dollars at lunesta.
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Feb 12, 2013 1:40am PST
on the possible list. >>> in other news this morning, president obama is expected to highlight the battle against gun violence, immigration reform and increasing taxes in tonight's state of the union address. he'll speak before a sharply divided congress who has invited guests that include both ends of the spectrum. among them, ted nugent and a teacher who survived the sandy hook shooting rampage. >>> the parents of chicago murder victim hadiya pendleton are going to sit with the first lady tonight during the president's speech. two suspected gang members have now been charged in the 15-year-old honor student's death. police say it was apparently a case of mistaken identity. one of the suspects told them that a rival gang member was the intended target. >>> now to another case of deadly gun violence. bullets flying at a court house in delaware. witnesses say a man shot and killed two women as they approached the metal detectors of the county courthouse in wilmington. he also wounded two cops before he himself was fatally shot. one victim was the shooter's estranged wife. he had been involved in a
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Feb 26, 2013 2:35am EST
cardinals are known to have covered up for pedophile priests. l.a.'s roger mahoney for one, president obama's former ambassador to the holy see suggested mahoney consider bowing out too. >> he has to decide for himself in terms of what is in the best interest of the church. >> reporter: then there's the italian papers. supposedly detailing a sex and blackmail scandal inside the vatican. this is beginning to sound like a dan brown novel. turns out a dossier does exist. the findings of an internal investigation. but only the pope knows what it's in it. benedict met privately with the three elderly investigators. the italian press calls them the 007 cardinals. >> the cardinals that did the investigation in the corruption inside the vatican are known to know everything. so if they say i don't think this candidate is the best idea at this point, that will be taken very seriously. >> reporter: the pope issued new rules that could fast track this election but ultimately the timing will be up to the cardinal. david wright, abc news, rome. >> there's not a whole lot of time that we're talking here.
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Feb 6, 2013 2:35am EST
the obama administration's use of drones. and it's expected to be debated tomorrow. concerns are intensifying after the release of a justice department document that claims drones can be used against al qaeda targets without evidence of specific plots against the u.s. and president obama will be heading to israel next month for meetings with newly re-elected israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu. he was there in 2008 when he was a presidential candidate. during this trip, the president plans to meet with arab leaders. >>> also in the middle east, iranian president ahmadinejad was in egypt. at a mosque in cairo, a protester threw his shoe at ahmadinejad, which is a big shine of disrespect. that person was arrested. >>> in south korea, a terrifying car crash caught on tape. an suv struck an oncoming after flying over a hedge. it shattered the car's wind shooeld, but we are told both drivers somehow managed to survive the accident. >> wow. you can hear the screaming. oh, one more time. >>> as if getting ready to give birth isn't anxiety producing enough, and i know, listen t
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Feb 7, 2013 1:40am PST
obama is releasing confidential information about why such strikes are legal and necessary. >> as the cia director nominee faces tough questions today on capitol hill. here's abc's martha raddatz. >> reporter: it is a secret war, and in a sign of how pervasive and how hidden it is, the revelation that america has a secret base in saudi arabia, used to launch drones throughout the region. a tactic against terror which has grown 700% under the obama administration. whatever the benefit of the drone strikes, they have created enormous resentment among some here in the region, who view the strikes as another sign of american arrogance. everywhere i travel, from yemen -- >> i think americans they have no right. they have no right. this is our fight. >> reporter: to pakistan. >> you can keep saying, yes, you are hitting the top leadership. but the by-product of this is anger, anger among the innocent people who are getting killed. so you're just creating more terrorists. >> reporter: now the man who signs off on the kill list from a basement office in the white house, john brenna
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Feb 18, 2013 3:00am PST
. republicans and democrats are predicting president obama would fail if he pushes forward with his own effort to overhaul the system. under that white house plan, green card in eight years. top republican lawmakers don't like that. >> by giving advantage to those who cut in front of the line for immigrants who came here legally, not dealing with border security adequately, that tells us that he's looking for a partisan advantage. >> i hope that republicans and democrats up there don't get involved in some kind of typical washington back and forth sideshow here. and rather just roll up their sleeves and get to work. >> the white house says the president would push his own plan only if lawmakers cannot get the job done. the white house has been working for quite a while on an immigration plan. so what happened over the weekend is that was leaked out to the press. "usa today" did a big story saying this is what the president is working on. the president said if congress doesn't do its thing, i will send my own bill. >> this is a plan b, this is not what the president is going to propose on its o
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Feb 18, 2013 2:30am EST
, but he says god saved this village. >>> democrats and republicans are warning president obama not to go at it alone when it comes to immigration reform. that warning on immigration was leaked over the weekend. a spokesman says the proposal is meant only as a backup in case lawmakers cannot reach an agreement. it's very important at this point to say that the white house is also denying that they leaked this on purpose. >> they're saying look, this is our plan b in case you don't get your act together. everybody is working on this thing. you have the gang of eight in the senate bipartisan group. you have not group in the house of representatives doing its thing. also the u.s. chamber of commerce is helping to craft a plan. so everything is crafting a plan. so hopefully maybe all those things can come together into one cohesive, effective plan. but we don't know yet. >> it's not a bad idea to have a plan b. administration after administration has tried to do this and come up with a plan that will work and they have failed almost across the board. so who knows what we're going to get? >> a
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Feb 28, 2013 1:40am PST
. >> reporter: they may not be able to agree on policy, but president obama and congressional leaders came together to honor a woman who changed history. in 1955, in montgomery, alabama, parks refused to give up her seat on a crowded segregated bus to a white man. she was arrested and her act of defiance sparked a bus boycott that lasted more than a year. president obama said that single, simple act also launched the civil rights movement. >> it's because of these men and women that i stand here today. >> reporter: the statue unveiling was a homecoming of sorts for parks, who worked as an aide to congressman john c conyers for nearly two decades in detroit. >> soon, mr. conyers found out people were visiting the office to see rosa parks, and not mr. conyers. >> parks died in 2005 at the age of 92. after her death, rosa parks became the first woman to lie in state in the capitol rotunda. yesterday, she made history once again as the first black woman to be honored in statuary hall. rob and diana, back to you. >> incredible life and honor. thank you for that story, karen. and just historical
ABC
Feb 5, 2013 1:40am PST
years we had no longer had contact with us. >> reporter: the local sheriff met with president obama and believes the current system simply misses too much. >> we have identified gaping holes in the background checks and really has become what is america's dirty little secret about the background checks. >> reporter: last year nine mass killings in the u.s. eight of the gunmen had a history of mental illness. the background check is only as the good as the database used to check a gun buyer's record. consider this, 12 states submit actively mental health records to the database. the president proposed fixing this by giving states money for record keeping and urging doctors to report credible threats of violence to law enforcement. mental health experts say the other key to addressing the problem is identifying and treating those with mental illness at a young age. the white house wants to give states the resources to do that, but that is going to require money and also the kind of thing that will take a long time to show results. jonathan karl, abc news, new york. >> what an eye-open
ABC
Feb 27, 2013 1:40am PST
-american woman to be honored with a full-size statue at the u.s. capitol. president obama will unveil the statue this morning, paying tribute to the woman who refused to give up her seat on the bus to a white man back in 1955. her arrest led to the civil rights movement. >>> this year marks the 50th anniversary of the march on washington and martin luther king's unforgettable "i have a dream" speech. i sat down with three marchers who were there back on that day in 1963 to witness history in the making. you can hear what they have to say about black america tomorrow right here on "world news now." >>> the family of trayvon martin has just marked one year since he was shot and killed. martin's parents took part in a candle light vigil in new york city last night along with about 200 others. the shooting of the unarmed 17-year-old set off a national outcry over race issues and stand your ground laws. >> in case you're wondering where this stands legally, zimmerman will be back in court april 22 for a hearing related to that stand your ground law. they're calling it a mini trial, but that is the ne
ABC
Feb 5, 2013 2:35am EST
. >>> president obama is among those praising the agents who successfully rescued the little buy who had spent seven days in captivity. >> ethan has been taken to a hospital where he has been reunited with his mother. abc's correspondent reports on the unfolding drama from midland city, alabama. >> reporter: after a week-long standoff a happy day in alabama where the little boy kidnapped from the school bus is safe. a new picture of 5-year-old ethan. >> i have been to the hospital. i have visited with ethan. he is doing fine. >> reporter: the suspect, 65-year-old jimmy lee dykes is dead. abc news has learned authorities were able to insert a high-tech camera into the bunker and monitor dykes' movements. when they be kale increasingly concerned he might act out they positioned the swat team near the entrance and used an explosive charge to get into the bunker and neutralize dykes. the s standoff began last tuesd when the suspect boarded a school bus and threatened the kids. dykes allegedly shot and killed the bus driver and kidnapped ethan. 5-year-old ethan believed to have autism was held capt
ABC
Feb 21, 2013 1:40am PST
. >>> the obama administration may soon urge the supreme court to overturn california's ban on same-sex marriage. the white house is reportedly quietly considering filing a so-called "friend of the court" brief. and that could help sway the justices. the president's call for gay rights during last month's inaugural address suggested he may now see a federal role in defining marriage. i think people are going to have a strong reaction to that. it's like look, three separate branches of government, checks and balances. so why is the white house nudging the allegedly independent judicial branch to take something on that is a very controversial issue that divides the country deeply. >> but the president, in his inaugural address, spoke about several things, and that was one of them. he touched upon it very briefly, and people noticed and he's -- immigration is one of the things he's taking on in the second term of his administration. health care he took on in the first term. so it doesn't surprise me he's trying to put more things on his plate. the more things he can get done, in his second term, th
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